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bad boy dennis rotman says north korean ticket dayor, kim jong-un, is a nice gay. >> leigh: we had sprinkles around the bay area this morning. more rain to come, the >> ama: new details on the private supply mission to the international space station. this is the successful docking of the space x dragon, it's delivering more than a ton of cargo, including experiments designed by bay area high school students. there was a booster problem following the first attempted launch on friday. >> new at 5:00, the organization code pink took on senator dianne feinstein over america's drone program. [chanting] >> ama: protesters demonstrated outside the senator's home. they want feinstein to stop the confirmation hearings of john brennan as cia directar they say brennan is involved with what they call the drone murder policy. >>> the california republican party has a new leader tonight. that story is ahead. also... >> a good guy to me. my friend. >> dennis rodman goes where no american has gone before. courtside with north korean leader kim jong-un. now rodman is talking about his new friend s
american weapons? >>> and speaking of foreign diplomacy, dennis rodman becomes the new bff to kim jong-un during a trip to north korea. yes, these are the real pictures. we'll explain later in the show. >>> first, our top story this morning comes from our nation's capital. at times it felt like a slow-moving train wreck, but time is finally up for the white house and members of congress. today, $85 billion across the board spending cuts hit federal agencies and the pentagon. two competing plans to avert the sequester failed yesterday, as expected. president obama will meet with leaders from both parties today, even though many lawmakers have already left town for the weekend. what's left is a deeply divided capital where yesterday senator lindsey graham took his own party to task for signing off on sequestration in the first place. >> i guess the republican party feels like the pell grants and food stamps and the faa and home mortgage interest deduction and all this other stuff in the federal government should be shielded, but those who have been fighting the war that protects us all from
been. it's a journalist's dream to be able to meet kim jong-un face-to-face. many diplomats would fight for that chance as well. and here dennis rodman is the first american ever to meet face-to-face with him. what do you make of it? >> i don't. i just don't. i'm so thoroughly embarrassed for us, so thoroughly embarrassed for north korea, so thoroughly embarrassed about this conversation. because it's not really talking about anything serious. this is like a publicity stunt. i grew up in detroit. i loved dennis rodman the basketball player. and i think anyone who played with him would say he's one of the best basketball players they played with. he's in the hall of fame. but structuring a sunday morning around his trip to north korea in conjunction with international politics? it's absolutely ridiculous. >> anna, what do you think the point was of this trips, besides shooting an hbo documentary. >> i think it was pointless. i think there was no point. i'm absolutely with lz on this one. it's all i can do to keep my eyes from rolling to the back of my head to be discussing this. frankly,
with his new friend the north korean leader kim jong-un. >>> president obama is taking his new outreach campaign directly to capitol hill just as leading republicans are reviving parts of their agenda from the 2012 presidential campaign. his former rival house budget committee chairman paul ryan sounded a lot like he did back out there on the campaign trail last year. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us live from capitol hill right now. dana, what's the latest that's going on because there's a lot of activity. >> reporter: there sure is. you know, wolf, one of the reasons he picked paul ryan as his runningmate because ryan is considered one of the smartest minds and best spokespeople on the issue of republican economic principles and today ryan doubled down on those ideas. if all this looks familiar, it should. >> the house budget committee republican majority, putting out yet again a budget that addresses america's need. >> reporter: there are some differences between this paul ryan budget and those in years past. the biggest, the election day smackdown ryan a
greeted their leader kim jong-un during his made for tv inspection tour of military border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear threat as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for the nuclear test. the obama administration isn't backing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. was watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, radars, and satellites already nearby. military officials say so far there are no signs of unusual military moves by the north. but there is a disturbing new weapons program, the kn-08. u.s. officials say this missile, shown in a north korea military parade last year, is now undergoing engine testing. it's a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000 mile range. that's not as far as th
what our supreme commander kim jong-un wants. no matter what anyone says victory is ours. >> reporter: this is propaganda but very patriotic statements coming out of pyongyang. i think the international community's obviously concerned, will this mean all-out war. >>> i think it's prepare tearma say that. having been in south korea recently, this will raise tensions even more so. >> anna, china, which is a key north korean ally, is supporting these sanctions against north korea. that's not necessarily what you expect, right? >> reporter: no, exactly. china has been a big supporter. if the only supporter really of north korea, the biggest treading partner, providing fuel and food and for china to come out and bank the sanctions from the missile test in december and on to the nuclear test last month to come out and say, yes, north korea needs to be punished, this is a big move because, in the past, china has certainly had some influence over what north korea does. you'd have to assume, considering that north korea continues to go against the international community, that china's influenc
will continue to carry out tests under leader kim jong un. the report says north korea keeps insissing that its nuclear program is to dear united states. it will continue to launch rockets with similar technology. >>> japan will provide over 5.1 billion yen or $540 million to myanmar. this will be the first assistance in 26 years. >>> japanese finance minister promised a lone during his meeting with myanmar president. he hoped the assistance would be available by the end of this month. japan settled on the amount of assistance after consulting with moon mash. japan will earmark 2 $12 million to improve port facilities. japan can participate in the large industrial complex under a bilateral memorandum exchanged late last year. $148 million will also be allocated to repair thermal power plants and transformer sub stations. the rest of the aid or roughly $180 million will be spent on improving roads and drinking water systems. myanmar's economy is expected to continue to grow, but the company still needs to improve its infrastructure. japanese businesses are eager to participate in myanmar's devel
if the threats are indications of real insecurity in the regime or kim jong un's way of asserting authority. >> we don't really know the internal situation in terms of what he might have to do or who he might have to owe in terms of the ability to sustain power. >> reporter: in fact, u.s. officials tell us that it is extre extremely difficult to get human intelligence on the inner workings of the regime. they're not as worried about the big grand scale attack, but they are worried about smaller provocations like shelling some of those islands there near south korea that could lead to a tit for tat response and really see things escalate on the peninsula. ka kate? >> this is just the latest in a string of threats as you well know and you've talked about. thanks so much from the pentagon for us this evening. >>> let's dig deeper on this now with the veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, former new mexico governor and u.n. ambassador bill richardson. i don't need to remind our viewers, governor, but you have been to north korea a number of times and most recently just in january. thanks so much f
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's ruling elite who have done so much harm to the people of north korea. we must go after kim jong un's illicit activities like we went of after organized crime in the united states; identify the network, interdict shipments and disrupt the flow of money. this would sever a key subsidy for north korea's weapons of mass destruction program. for only when the north korean leadership realizes that its criminal activities are untenable do prospects for peace and security in northeast asia improve. i will now turn to our ranking member, eliot engel of new york, for his opening comments. >> well, thank you very much, mr. chairman, and i'd like to thank you for calling this timely hearing and for your leadership in addressing the north korean threat. i would also like to say publicly that it was a privilege to travel to the region with you earlier this year to discuss north korea, with top leaders in seoul, tokyo and beijing. the recent nuclear test conducted by the north was a dangerous provocation that raised tensions in northeast asia. it reinforces the fact that pyongyang poses a serious
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leader kim jong-un. he took in a basketball game with un. and today he told abc this week, he had a message from the secretive leader. >> he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he want obama to do one thing. call him. he wants a call from president obama. >> that's right. he told me that. >> jeff: still ahead here tonight, a whole new experience for fans of the late jimi hendrix. the boys used double miles from their capital one venture card to fly home for the big family reunion. you must be garth's father? hello. mother. mother! traveling is easy with the venture card because you can fly any airline anytime. two words. double miles! this guy can act. wanna play dodge rock? oh, you guys! and with double miles you can actually use, you never miss the fun. beard growing contest and go! ♪ ♪ i win! what's in your wallet? hey america, even though they don't need one wes, clay, and demarcus tried on the depend real fit briefs for charity to prove how great the fit is even while playing pro football. the best protection now looks, fits and feels just like under
. this comes at the end of the week in which kim jong-un ended the 60-year peace deal with south korea and threatened the united states with a preemptive nuclear attack. joining me now is william cohen and, sir, i'm so glad you're here because this is kind of frightening jargon that's coming out of kim jong-un. i mean, is there any way to gauge how serious these threats are? to make sure this isn't all just bluster? >> well, there is a lot of bluster, but i think that he would understand that any threat to the united states that he seeks to carry out would be met with a response that certainly would alter the geography in that region of the world. and i think what we have to do, three things, number one, we have to lower the rhetoric, which we have done. we have to increase the training and readiness, which we're also doing of our troops in the region along with the south korean forces. and what we also have to do is intensify the sanctions against the north korean regime, which we're doing. and the final thing is president obama said we will reach out to you with an open hand, but we
that covered everythingquester cuts. >>> china backs the u.n. with new sanctions against north korea and kim jong-un. some of the items on the banned list, luxury yachts and race cars. more details on that, straight ahead. >>> first, our top story here at 5:30 a.m. in new york city. senator rand paul's filibuster may have done more to expose rifts among republicans than it did to draw attention to the administration's policy on drone strikes. the kentucky republican's nearly 13-hour stand on the senate floor was praised in a wide range of political circles from peace activists to the tea party. but some fellow republicans, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham are slamming rand's public protest and members of their own party have joined in. >> the country needs more senators who care about liberty. but if mr. paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. he needs to know what he's talking about. >> to my republican colleagues, i don't remember any of you coming down here sugges
to north korea, and he brought back a message from dictator kim jong-un. rodman visited the rogue nation last week with members of the harlem globetrotters and camera crew from hbo. in an interview with abc's "this week on sunday" rodman delivered a message from the young dictator. >> i sat with him for two days and one thing he asked me to give obama one thing. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> rodman also referred to kim as his friend. this is the "morning news." up after your local news on "cbs this morning," adults suffering from adhd. it could also mean living with joint damage. humira, adalimumab, can help treat more than just the pain. for many adults, humira is clinically proven to help relieve pain and stop further joint damage. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma or other types of cancer
into it emerging market. north korea, kim jong-un. we are going to have a contest how to pronounce that. people are snatching up gold coins made by the north korean government as a collectors item. if you buy this thing, you are funding this glorious leader and his antics. what do you think? >> this is an amazing that by jim rogers who started off with this. he's betting that at some point north korea will cease existing as a country. so to heck of a thing for him to resign these coins. adam: would you really want to fund a creature you crazy regime? >> betas had dennis rodman over there. i don't know, i wouldn't take part of it. not to mention the fact that he is a dictator. [laughter] adam: >> we are talking about points. they went for, what? 1600? he has already made about 1100
. lucky enough to have been. i mean it's a journalist's dream to be able to meet kim jong-il -- kim jong-un, rather, face to face, and many diplomats would fight for that chance as well. and here dennis rodman is the first american ever to meet face to face with him. what do you make of it? >> i don't. i just don't. i'm so thoroughly embarrassed for us. i'm so thoroughly embarrassed for north korea. i'm so thoroughly embarrassed about this conversation. it's not really talking about anything serious. this is a publicity stunt. >> i'm with lz on this one. it's all i can do to stop my eyes from rolling to the back of my head when we discuss this. if you want, left's talk about his jacket and his choice of clothes. but, you know, we're not going to send pewee herman to negotiate the peace between israel and palestine. and we're not going to send mickey mouse to go solve the issue with syria. this is a joke, this is not serious, it's not diplomacy, i think -- if he'd like to stay in north korea and play one on one, with that dictator, i think it's fine with a lot of us. >>> all right. the force
" yesterday, i pressed for details on the meeting with kim jong-un. no american has spent more time with the new dictator than rodman. he came back with a message for president obama. let's go to jon karl at the white house for the e reaction. >> reporter: good morning, george. the white house is not too impressed with rodman's trip to north korea nor what he had to say about it. they say they won't be acting on the message he brought back for the president. >> i sat with him for two days. he asked me to give obama -- say and do one thing. he wants obama to do one thing, call him. >> reporter: it was one of the most bizarre interviews even seen on a sunday political talk show. >> it was such great experience. >> reporter: the flamboyant basketball hall of famer talking about his love for one of the most notorious dictators on the planet. >> when you said you love kim and think he's awesome, were you aware of threats and his regime's horrendous record on human rights? >> i don't condone that. i hate that he's doing that. the fact is that's a human being. he let his guard down. he has
taken action proving it is taking these new threats from kim jong-un's government seriously and jim avila has been watching it all night long. good morning to you, jim. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the united states using its military to send a stern message the united states sent two b-2 stealth bombers in a nonstop flight 6500 miles round trip over the pacific to drop dummy ammunitions over south korean training field. the military says it was to demonstrate the commitment of the united states to defend the republic of korea. this after rising tensions after north korea and south korea, the closing of the border and yesterday warning that war could be imminent between south korea and an attack on the united states. the u.s. sending a stern message. perhaps hopefully reducing that tension, this picture which has gone viral on the errant showing north korea's military leaders looking at an antiquated computer. the white house is not laughing at that picture. their reaction is north korea's rhetoric and the threats that they engage in follow a pattern designed to raise tensions a
new bff, kim jong-un. just give him a call. find out why rodman is hanging out with north korea's leader and why he thinks he is awesome. did you know not all fiber is the same? citrucel is different- it's the only fiber for regularity that won't cause excess gas. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and maintain regularity. look for citrucel today. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar harbor bake is really worth trying. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster tails. or our savory, new grilled maine lobster and lobster tacos. it's back, but not for long. [ woman ] our guests go crazy for lobsterfest. my favorite entree is the lobster lover's dream. what's yours? come celebrate lobsterfest and sea food differently. >>> budget cuts, gridlock, white house versus reporters, mitt romney and former nba star dennis rodman, all of that being talked about on the sunday talk
are new images of kim jong-un and his troops, although the date of this video is unclear. >> extraordinary video. they're all following him into the icy waters there. on thursday north korea threatened a preemptive nuclear attack on its enemies. they say seoul will respond strongly to any provocation. that is north korea in february. >> it is extraordinary to watch. oh my goodness. >>s i was also surprised that the boat that the leader is on is rather modest. >> that is devotion. about 60,000 members meantime of the u.s. customs and border protection services are awaiting for the belt to tighten. they got word this week that furloughs are coming, along with a hiring freeze, no overtime and a big chop in training. >> yes, officials say the forced spending cuts, that's what is making them find a way to save more than $750 million by the end of september. they're expecting the furloughs, budget cuts, of course, delays and other snags at the nation's airports. >> bioy, oh, boy. >>> a member of osama bin laden's family stood in a new york city courtroom today. >> sualaiman abu ghaith heard char
for the young north korean leader kim jong-un to bolster his hardline credentials and seniority at home. >> first and foremost for his domestic audience. simply without the support of the military, he won't be around for very much longer. so he has to bolster his support from the brass. that won't be so easy to do in a culture in north korea where age matters, he's 28, 29 years old. >> and the young kim isn't averse to voicing a few threats himself. on this recent tour of border islands he told ecstatic troops they'd throw enemies into the kol dron, break their waist and crack their windpipes. seems to have been exactly what they wanted to hear. fredric fredricka, it's not just the threat, it's the actions as well. this is a regime that's tested a long-range missile, carried out a third nuclear test. a big concern is that it could one day soon gain the technology to carry out some of those threats. >> yeah. and, matthew, diving in here, south korean officials today saying that cyber attacks we reported on yesterday, i think 32,000 computers damaged and servers, came from inside china. t
his new relationship with kim jong un. >> he is my friend. i don't condone what he does. as far as person to person, he is my friend. >> the trip was planned and filmed by vice media for an upcoming hbo series. the group toured pyongyang and unexpectedly hung out with the young leader, seen courtside during the exhibition game and later sharing dinner and drinks. kim, reported to be a big fan of the chicago bulls during their h heyday. >> one thing he asked me to give obama something to say. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> a request that's getting the attention of the state department. >> mr. rodman does not represent the united states. he has never been a player in our diplomacy. >> reporter: apprentice all-stars. >> he has worn wedding dresses. he gets piercings, tattoos. he loves the publicity, whether it's good or bad. >> reporter: experts say this latest move, just weeks after north korea defiantly conducted a third nuclear test, could actually complicate the diplomatic process. >> shows s
north korean leader kim jong-un. in an interview with the uk sun rodman called him, i guess they're on a first basis, a big kid who loves disco, michael jackson and basketball. rodman says kim asked him to deliver a message to president obama, if we can talk, we can work this out. toes are his words. rodman claims the military elite is behind all that tough talk. he also revealed that kim and his wife reportedly have a second child. a baby girl. i know, john, look at the look on his face. >> i'm still thinking of these 15 minutes for dennis rodman have gone on for an hour and 15 minutes. it's too much. i don't know if we knew kim jong-un had a second child. maybe dennis rodman is providing key intelligence now. although i doubt it. >> absolutely. >> dennis rodman providing key intelligence. >> those words have never been spoken. ahead on "starting point" march madness begins. and it is already starting off mad, and frankly bad for me. >> i am actually way ahead of you in brackets. they're used to hoots and hollers, why these ball girls got booed. i had enough of feeling embarrass
player back from north korea, where he met with basketball fan and iron fisted leader kim jong-un. rodman says he loves the guy, even in the face, of course, of all those pesky prison camps and starving masses, for heaven's sakes. the worm, apparently, is even dishing out an invite to president obama. >> he want obama to do one thing, call him. he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> did you say, why don't you pick up the phone and call president obama? >> no, you know, it's a different story. it's a different story because, guess what, the kid is only 28 years old. 28. >> no one's ever going to confuse rodman with being secretary of state. we'll just put that out there. but what about his gushing praise for this guy? is rodman a pawn? is he a peace maker? is he just another punch line? is l.z.? >> was that a "saturday night live" skit? >> no. >> because i just simply can't believe we're still talking about dennis rodman in this capacity. look, you can't expe
is questioning the stability of north korean leader kim jong-un. congressman mike rogers, the chairman of the house intelligence committee, appearing on cnn's "state of the union." >> you have a 28-year-old leader, who is trying to prove himself to the military, and the military eager to have a saber rattling for their own self-interest. >> some analysts are now openly questioning whether or not kim jong-un is even in charge of north korea or if it's the military that's really in control now. >>> louisiana governor is uninjured in a car accident last night in baton rouge. bobby jindal was on the way home from his son's soccer game when state police say a truck made an illegal u-turn and sideswiped his vehicle. he says the governor is fine but a state trooper went to the hospital with some minor injuries. >>> one -- here we go. >> oh! >> so success of sorts. a controlled implosion near austin, texas, brought the old bridge down. but what you can't see is that shrapnel from this blast cut a fiber optic cable. that knocked out cell phone and some land line service in three 911 centers. ve
leader kim jong-un was seen today touring his military facilities and inspecting troops guarding the border with south korea. the north has promised to retaliate for new sanctions passed by the u.n. one general even claimed to have a long-range missile standing by armed with nuclear warheads. although experts agree north korea is not capable of that yet. >>> while millions of americans shovel snow this morning, there's a new report on climate change. that is heating up discussion of the issue. scientists confirm that global temperatures are the warmest they have been in some 4,000 years. and although climate change is natural, they say such rapid warming is a threat because we don't have much time to adapt to it, as we have in the past. >>> and in miami, the mayor's apologized to an 82-year-old woman seen here being forced off a commuter train because she was singing. the security guard, you can see here, dragged emma anderson through an open door. she eventually fell on the platform. the transit official defended the move, though, saying that anderson didn't have a permit to sin
rodman has been speaking out about his visit with kim jong un. he was asked about pyongyang's threat to destroy america and its human rights record. while rodman said he couldn't condone it, kim is a human being. meanwhile, rodman had his own message from the north korean leader for president obama. >> it is a different view. he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he want obama to do one thing, call him. >> so are athletes better diplomates than politicians? they might be in d.c. at the moment. we want you to join this conversation here. >> it's not a very high bar, is it? >> no. that's the point, isn't it? it's not a high bar. everybody's approval ratings are all down. >> public approval ratings and bilateral discussions with other are two very different things. i feel like the presence of celebriti celebrities, whether or not dennis rodman realizes what they're doing, it cannot be seen as anything other than interference. >> mild irritation. do they think it's worse than that? >> i don't know. but i'm sure there's the potential for these kind of trip toes caus
their leader, kim jong-un, during his made-for-tv inspection tour of military border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear attack on the u.s. as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for his recent nuclear test. the obama administration isn't backing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. is watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> reporter: cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, radars and satellites already nearby. military officials say so far there are no signs of unusual military moves by the north. but there is a disturbing new weapons program, the kn-08. u.s. officials say this missile shown in a north korean military parade last year, is now undergoing engine testing. it's a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000-mile range. th
recent long-range rocket and nuclear tests, sharp said the son, kim jong-un, is even more dangerous. >> he is in a place where he has more threatening assets that are being developed than his father did. >> reporter: south korea is still trying to determine if the north recently used an entirely different offensive capability, a cyber attack on south korean banks and television stations that caused thousands of computers to crash. now, so far, the u.s. has taken a sort of go-slow approach with north korea, trying to preserve stability on the peninsula. but general sharp said it's now time to be more forceful, trying to push as much information and broadcasts into north korea to encourage the north korean people to take a harsher look at their own government. as well as trying to help south korea develop the kind of stealthy jets that can get into north korea and destroy some of those missiles before they take off. wolf? >> let's not forget, chris, there are nearly 30,000 american troops along the demilitarized zone between north and south korea. they would be very vulnerable. there
getting to know kim jong-un, what his intentions are and willing to do to prove his muscle as a leader in north korea, one. recent quotes out of north korea that the country will exercise the right to preemptive nuclear strike to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and defend the supreme interests of this country. is there something new going on here? is this different? >> it is a little bit different. bellicose language out north korea's propaganda arm is not new. from time to time they threaten to turn tokyo or seoul into a sea of fire. they have done that with our own capitol. it comes on the heels of a fairly successful north korean nuclear test of 7 kilotons, which is half of hiroshima. jay carney, doing best impression of john wayne, not terribly convincing. the u.s. probably has capable of defending against the threat today. that threat is getting consideringably worse. our defense is no thanks to the obama administration, canceled the airborne laser which is the best blatt form to defend against a north korean missile in the boost phase. martha: they won't necessarily rec
jung unso he'll thing twice before another attack. >> in fact, north korea's leader kim jong-un recently threatened to wipe out south korean units on another border island. a defense official i spoke with said, look, they normally don't even talk about agreements like this. the fact that they are shoud be taken as a direct message to north korea. kate? >> sure hope it acts as a deterrent because you know that's what they're hoping for. chris lawrence, thanks so much. >>> now to the fight over gun control, which is raging here in washington, as well as outside the nation's capital. both sides are pulling out all the stops. on the one hand, a world-famous comedian and the world's richest mayor on the other, one of america's most powerful lobbies which is now being criticized for making its pitch even to residents of a town hit so hard by a recent school massacre. cnn's tom foreman has been look noog this. tom, it goes without saying that passions are so high on this issue, they have always been. but what is the latest? they are really going all-out here. >> they really are. what y
by rheumatologists. >> first of all, obviously don't worry. military experts say kim jong un doesn't have even close to the fire power necessary to assault the united states. in fact, look at this footage of north korea's latest missile launch. [laughter] [applause] >>gretchen: we hope that's all they're capable of currently. >> don't you remember they and iran would do photo shopping in extra missiles? >> there was a headline on drudge that said the united states can stop north korea's missile. it's not that one. it looks like a water rocket. >>steve: brian's off. clayton's in with us. good to have you. if you're worried that you missed anything on "fox & friends" this week, don't. >>gretchen: stop worrying because we put the highlights together. here's a look at some of those. >>brian: "fox & friends" has been turned on by you, and we start now. >> don't hurt him. you're carrying high, all of a sudden i'm a gynecologist. >> if you're carrying up here, carrying high, you must be carrying a girl. >> could be carrying low. >>brian: why are you yelling at me? >> victoria is outside. >> is your boyfrie
of putting a nuclear warhead on its missile. kim jong-un was reviewing his troops after state television said it would launch a preemptive strike against the u.s. even if that is an empty threat, the u.s. could be drawn into a military clash to defend south korea. today south korea said if pyongyang attacked its country, it would erase north korea from the face of the earth. south korea and japan are now increasingly worried as the threat level reaches new heights under this new young leader, only 28 years old, and already he is really changing the landscape of threats. >> a story we are keeping a close eye on. andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. >>> >>> counterterrorism adviser john brennan was approved by the senate thursday as the new cia director. the vote came after the obama administration assured opponents that the u.s. would not use a drone to kill an american terror suspect who is not engaged in combat on american soil. >>> in venezuela, a hero's sendoff today for hugo chavez, a harsh critic of the u.s. who ruled for 14 years. nbc's mark potter is in caracas. good morning, mark
of southern california. >>> more tough talks this morning from north korea and the regime of kim jong-un. today, north korea said it has cut off a key hotline with south korea, a move that increases the already high tensions in that region. a hotline had allowed cross-border travel to a jointly run industrial complex. north korea is doing that because in its words, war could break out at any moment. >>> magnitude 6 earthquake strung over taiwan. at least one person was killed crushed by a collapsing. falling objects -- >> a new sinkhole is apparently opened up three miles from where a man was killed by a sinkhole less than a month ago. this would be the fourth sinkhole in the area near tampa, florida, this month. a 37-year-old man died when his house was swallowed. tuesday, two families evacuated their duplex. officials are testing the soil around the homes. >>> now for a look at what's trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. there is outrage on yahoo and elsewhere over a specialty food store in australia that charges customers a $5 looking fee. if they buy noth
jong-un, during his military inspection tour of border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear attack on the u.s. as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for his recent nuclear test. the obama administration isn't packing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. is watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> reporter: cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, bars, and satellites nearby. so far, there are no signs of unusual military moves boy the nor -- moves boy the north. there's a disturbing program, the k08. this missile shown in a parade last year is undergoing engine testing. a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000-mile range. that's not as far as the rocket north korea launched which could hit alaska or hawaii. so why does
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